The Fate of Keystone XL Rests with the Nebraska Supreme Court

Earlier this year, the State Department declared that it would put on hold consideration for the Keystone XL pipeline to allow Nebraska to resolve a pertinent legal dispute. That decision highlighted a protracted legal battle asking one question with broad consequence: was the pipeline route through the state decided according to a legal process?

Who Still Needs CHIP?

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was designed in 1997 to provide health insurance to children whose family income exceeded Medicaid eligibility, but was insufficent to purchase private coverage.  However, with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many families no longer need CHIP. With funding set to expire next year, the question becomes: who still needs CHIP?

Considering an Activity-Based Regulatory Approach to FSOC

The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) recently moved to considering a more activity-based approach to oversight and regulation of nonbanks in its dealing with asset managers. By identifying those activities that they believe truly pose a threat to financial stability, they can offer companies an opportunity to remedy any shortcomings in their engagement in those activities, or even divest if that is the least costly solution.

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